What can I do if I suspect a child or young person is being abused?

As a concerned member of the public, if you suspect or believe a child is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, you should report your concerns. Any referral will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Emergency: If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance on 999.

If you think you or someone that you know has been the victim of abuse then please tell someone.

You can report abuse and neglect by completing the forms at the links below:
Telephone Onecall: 01670 536400 open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
Early Help Assessments

To make a referral to the Early Help Hubs please send your referral to: earlyinterventionhub@northumberland.gov.uk   
For enquiries about completion or registrations of Early Help Assessments please contact Onecall01670 536400
Information to help professionals working with, or caring for children/young people in an employed or voluntary role in safeguarding and promoting welfare.

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment in England. The NSCB is committed to ensure the early recognition of neglect and improvement in agency responses to children and young people affected by neglect through strong and effective multi-agency leadership, to:
  • secure collective commitment to addressing neglect across all partner agencies and to demonstrate effective leadership in driving the appropriate system, culture and process changes required forward;
  • improve awareness and understanding of neglect across the whole partnership. This includes a common understanding of neglect and the thresholds for intervention;
  • improve the recognition, assessment and response to children and young people living in neglectful situations before statutory intervention is required, including the appropriate use of assessment tools;
  • ensure the effectiveness of service provision.